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Styrian Grand Prix betting tips: Short circuit suits Red Bull

| 24.06.2021

Preview and odds for this week’s F1 race

Red Bull head to their home circuit fresh from securing three successive wins for the first time since 2013 and will hope to seize control of the F1 drivers’ championship in Austria.

The next two races will be held at the Red Bull Ring, with the Austrian Grand Prix to follow this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, which gives Max Verstappen a great opportunity to stretch his lead over Lewis Hamilton.

A dramatic late pass in France last time out gave the Dutchman a 12-point lead in the standings and he is 5/4 joint favourite to rack up another win this weekend.

Hamilton and Mercedes will be determined to bounce back from an error-strewn weekend in France, as we look at some Styrian Grand Prix betting tips.

Verstappen and Perez the form men

Verstappen has fond memories of the Red Bull Ring, having won the Austrian Grand Prix in both 2018 and 2019. Last season he finished third at the Styrian Grand Prix before being forced to retire a week later.

The track is one of the fastest and shortest on the calendar and may offer Red Bull a chance to utilise the straight-line speed advantage over Mercedes they showed in France, with Verstappen evens to take pole position.

Perez has found his feet at Red Bull after a tricky start to the season, winning in Azerbaijan before nailing his strategy to finish third in France.

The Mexican has a strong record in Austria and is 8/1 for victory this weekend or evens to finish on the podium again.

Hamilton is priced at 5/4 to end his rare winless run, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas 10/1 to claim a first win of the season.

Leclerc to lead Ferrari fightback

Ferrari endured a miserable weekend in France, where tyre preservation proved their undoing in their ‘best of the rest’ battle with McLaren. Charles Leclerc finished 16th, with team-mate Carlos Sainz also outside the points in 11th.

Both will hope to fare much better on a track less demanding on tyres and Monegasque Leclerc has a good record at the Red Bull Ring. The 23-year-old finished second at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2019 and 2020 and is 9/2 for a podium spot this weekend.

Leclerc is 1/2 to get the better of team-mate Sainz, while the Scuderia are 11/4 to have both cars inside the top six.

Alonso rising to Alpine challenge

Fernando Alonso

Formula One veteran Fernando Alonso returned to the sport with 2022 in mind but would not have wanted to be outshone by his team-mate Esteban Ocon this season.

That happened in the early weeks of the season as the Spaniard struggled with his new car but the 39-year-old has shown signs of finding his feet in the last two races, finishing sixth in Azerbaijan and eighth in France.

Alonso is 8/11 to finish in the top 10 and is 1/2 to finish above Ocon for the third consecutive race.

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.